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Water Cooler 5/15/2016 – OPEN THREAD – Fall of Western Civilization; Frozen Bison; The Fourth Reich; Kenya Wants a Wall

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How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

David Hopkins argues that the television sitcom “Friends” caused the fall of Western Civilization due to its treatment of the tragic hero character Ross Gellar. While I think he strays into hyperbole at times, I don’t think is really all that far off base.

And like a Greek tragedy, our hero is caught in a prophecy that cannot be avoided. The show’s producers, akin to the immutable voice of the gods, declared that Ross must end up with Rachel, the one who shops.

I was and am a geek/nerd so I can relate somewhat to this article. Personally I believe it was the reality show phenomenon that followed that brought down our civilization. How else can you explain the rise of one of its stars to a Presidential nomination? Speaking of brainless ideas…

Tourists Rescue a Bison

I lost my even about a year ago, so with this story I can’t even. Some tourists from some congressional district that voted >70% for Donald Trump (ok, I made that up) decided that a young bison calf was freezing so they put it in the back of their minivan and drove it to the Ranger station.

“They were demanding to speak with a ranger,” Ms Richardson told EastIdahoNews.com. “They were seriously worried that the calf was freezing and dying.”

More proof that western civilization has fallen. Speaking of fallen civilizations…

The Fourth Reich — BREXIT

The United Kingdom is getting closer to their June 23rd vote on whether to leave the EU, so the rhetoric is being turned up. Simon Heffer makes the argument that the EU is simply Germany’s latest attempt at European dominance.

And when Germany starts to struggle, God help the rest of the EU: because when the German chequebook closes, economies it is shoring up – such as Greece’s – will be on their own.

The other critical issue in this vote is immigration. We aren’t the only country that wants to build a wall. Speaking of immigration problems…

Kenya to Close Refugee Camp at Somalia Border

The Kenyan government plans to shut down their refugee camps, including one on the Somalia border that holds over 350,000 people.

It was with great surprise and concern that we learned of Kenya’s decision to close its refugee camps, and in turn, to provide an unsure future to over 600,000 refugees, many of which are from war torn countries, like Somalia.

The government is accusing al Shabaab of using the camps for terrorists attacks, although to date no one from the camps has been charged or convicted of any such act. The plan is to repatriate them to their native country, where they will likely be killed. It would seem that ours is not the only country that wants to blame their problems on scary foreign people.

That’s it for today’s Water Cooler. Mingle amongst yourselves in the comments.